Dec 182014
 December 18, 2014
Anchorage Assembly Votes Against Ordinance To Ban Marijuana Sales

Alaska voters approved a marijuana legalization initiative last month during the 2014 Election. Alaska joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington D.C. in approving a marijuana legalization initiative. Marijuana opponents in Alaska started almost immediately to prevent marijuana sales from occurring in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Fortunately, those efforts were for not, as the Anchorage Assembly voted down an ordinance that would have banned marijuana sales within city limits. Per KTVA: Tuesday’s Assembly meeting brought public testimony from both sides of the issue. After hearing more than 50 people share their sides, the Assembly brought the ordinance to a vote. In the

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Dec 182014
 December 18, 2014
Troy Dayton, At The Forefront Of Cannabis Advocacy And Industry

It is an understatement to say that Troy Dayton has been, and is, at the forefront of the cannabis industry. Dayton’s experience spans the gamut from advocacy to industry as much as anyone and he has been a leader of the cannabis movement as we have moved from outside rabble-rousers to the political mainstream to America’s latest growth industry. Troy was one of the first volunteers for the Marijuana Policy Project, has been one of the organization’s top fundraisers and now serves on the board of directors, helping direct the influential organization. He was a co-founder of Students for a

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Dec 172014
 December 17, 2014
New York State Holds Public Forum On Taxing And Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

Today, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblyperson Crystal Peoples-Stokes sponsored a public forum about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a bill that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Under the proposal, those over 21 would be able to purchase small amounts of marijuana from a state-regulated store. The bill would rectify the many problems associated with marijuana prohibition, including the arrests of tens of thousands of primarily young people of color. “There is no question that New York’s marijuana policies are broken,” said Kassandra Frederique, Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance.  “Each year, tens

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Dec 172014
 December 17, 2014
Travel Guru And Marijuana Activist Rick Steves Heads To California

Many people know Rick Steves from his travel books, TV show or radio program. He is a self-made business man who has a serious following among folks interested in travel. Recently, Steves has become one of the more prominent marijuana law reform advocates in the country. I will always be grateful for his 10-city tour across Oregon has he urged Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 91 and legalize marijuana for all adults. Steves ventured to Oregon on his own dime, as he didn’t expect any payment from the campaign. He earned great media for marijuana legalization as he spoke

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Dec 152014
 December 15, 2014
Tommy Chong Wants To Take Over The Marijuana Industry

There is a lot of talk about branding in the marijuana industry. There are people that want to re-brand the marijuana industry to ‘weed out the stoners.’ There are people that want to use the names of deceased marijuana icons to promote their products and strains. It appears now that one of the biggest names in the marijuana world, Tommy Chong, wants to become the ‘Sam Walton of marijuana.’ Per Forbes: In the Wild West that is the emerging legal cannabis sector, one thing is missing so far: A recognizable brand name. Tommy Chong aims to change that. The 76-year-old

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Dec 122014
 December 12, 2014
Wall Street Firm Urges Big Tobacco To Get Into Marijuana Industry

For a very long time marijuana advocates have thought that the tobacco industry would try to get into the marijuana industry. It’s something that I don’t personally support at all. The tobacco industry has used shady tactics to get people hooked on their product, and has gone to great lengths to target children. Tobacco has killed millions of people over the decades, and there is simply no place for them in the marijuana industry as far as I’m concerned. A prominent Wall Street firm has been strongly urging tobacco companies to take a hard look at the marijuana industry. Per

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Dec 092014
 December 9, 2014
The Leaf Online: SF Conference Sets Tone For Future Cannabis Industry

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) does a great job mixing both activism and business to put together a lineup of speakers that will help move marijuana legalization forward while also helping cannabis entrepreneurs succeed in the business world as well. We here at The Weed Blog have always promoted businesses that give back to the cannabis community, so it is great to see the ICBC feature travel guru Rick Steves, who traveled across Oregon on his own dime to campaign for legalization and the Drug Policy Alliance’s Ethan Nadelmann, who helped fund Oregon’s Measure 91 and has been at

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Dec 082014
 December 8, 2014
See Ethan Nadelmann At The International Cannabis Business Conference

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) pulled out all of the stops for their first conference last September in Portland and their next event in San Francisco in February is shaping up to be another fantastic conference. I have not hid my fandom for Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, as I have been urging our readers to vote for him in the “Most Influential” category at the upcoming Cannabis Business Awards. Nadelmann is simply the point man for the marijuana movement and his pleas to the cannabis industry need to be heeded. It is imperative that those benefitting

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Dec 052014
 December 5, 2014
Australia To Get First Publicly Traded Marijuana Company

The marijuana industry is growing at a rapid pace, and not just in the United States. Australia has seen solid growth in its marijuana industry, and it appears that the nation is about to get its first publicly traded marijuana company. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Phytotech, a medical marijuana business based in the city of Perth in Western Australia, is moving forward with an initial public offering. The company wants to sell medical cannabis in several other countries and develop a disposable device to inhale marijuana. It is seeking A$5 million (US$4.2 million) in its initial offering. Interest has been

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Dec 022014
 December 2, 2014
International Cannabis Business Conference To Be Held In San Francisco

February Event Builds Upon Successful Portland, Oregon, Conference and Will Provide Crucial Information and Networking Opportunities For Businesses and Entrepreneurs Looking to Succeed in the Emerging Cannabis Market Marijuana wasn’t legalized in Oregon last September, but that didn’t stop entrepreneurs from planning for the business opportunities that would result from the passing of Measure 91 in November. The International Cannabis Business Conference is looking to bring savvy businesspeople to San Francisco to educate attendees on current California business opportunities while keeping an eye on the possible expansion of opportunities as California is certainly on the shortlist of states looking to

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